JBL Professional Introduces New Long-Throw VLA Compact Line Array Series

February 16 2018, 02:00
Harman Professional Solutions introduced the new JBL Professional VLA Compact Series line array, combining out-of-the-box weather protection for small to mid-sized stadiums and arenas. Built upon the industry-leading capabilities of the JBL Variable Line Array (VLA) Series of long-throw line arrays, the new VLA Compact Series offers the same performance quality in a more compact, outdoor-ready solution for use in larger venues where speakers are mounted a long distance from the listener.

The new VLA Compact line array elements were designed specifically for permanent installation applications requiring even coverage, high intelligibility and audio levels capable of overcoming crowd noise. As a fundamental design element, VLA Compact Series offers large format horn-loaded modules to provide broad bandwidth horizontal directivity and an increase in sensitivity.

"The customer response to the JBL VLA Series continues to be incredible, which is why they are in use in some of the world’s most prestigious venues,” says Kevin Brown, Sports Venues Solutions Manager at Harman Professional Solutions. “The new VLA Compact Series takes those capabilities and builds on them, providing a compact, versatile solution that is perfect both for smaller-sized stadiums as well as use in distributed clusters in arenas, domed stadiums and larger performance spaces.”

To drive the superior performance of the VLA Compact Series, the full-range models include dual 10” low frequency drivers featuring Harman's patented Differential Drive technology, with 65° and 100° horizontal coverage options available. A subwoofer with dual 15" Differential Drive woofers is also available. Because the VLA Compact is intended for outdoor use, the speakers also include weather protection out of the box, with an IP55-rated fiberglass enclosure and steel end panels.

Harman displayed the new JBL Professional VLA Compact Series for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2018. "The JBL VLA Series is simply the industry’s best combination of performance and cost, and now it’s available in a small package that is perfect for a number of new applications,” says Iain Gregory, Director, Large Venue Customer Solutions at Harman Professional Solutions.
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